Annual Ethics Program Conflicts of Interest: A Practical Roadmap

March - April 2020


Richmond, Chicago and Tysons, US

Richmond, VA
Tuesday, March 31
Omni Richmond Hotel | 100 South 12th St.
2 – 4:15 p.m. Program (Reception to follow)

Chicago, IL
Wednesday, April 15
The Ritz-Carlton | 160 E. Pearson St.
3 – 5:15 p.m. Program (Reception to follow) 

Tysons, VA
Tuesday, April 28
The Ritz-Carlton | 1700 Tysons Blvd.
12 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch 
12:45 – 3 p.m. Program

We are seeking 2 hours of ethics MCLE credits for this program.

McGuireWoods invites you and your colleagues to attend Tom Spahn's annual ethics program. This two-hour interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore basic conflict-of-interest rules.


  • The prohibition on adversity to current clients (including definitions of “client” and “adversity”)
  • Rules governing adversity to former clients (including the “substantial relationship” standard and “hot potato” rule)
  • Consents (including prospective consents)
  • Disqualification motions’ standards, process and effects


Thomas E. SpahnPartner, McGuireWoods LLP

Spahn has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and has spoken at more than 1,900 CLE programs on ethics and other topics. Tom was selected as the 2013 and 2020 metro-Washington, D.C., "Lawyer of the Year" for "Bet the Company Litigation" by Best Lawyers®.

For more information, contact Bridget Light at

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